In line with Solar Solve Marine’s continuous efforts to remain No.1 in the marine industry for the manufacture and supply of roller sunscreens as a navigation safety aid, the company has just won a 4th Type Approval Certification for their SOLASOLV products.
During 2018 RINA, the Italian Type Approval Classification Society, carried out a Document Audit on their first visit to Solar Solve’s South Shields based manufacturing facility and on a later visit a Product Performance and in-depth inspection audit took place. Further rigorous testing by examiners at RINA followed and once everything was found to be successful, Solar Solve was awarded a RINA Type Approval Certificate for its SOLASAFE® and SOLAROLA® retractable anti-glare roller screen products.
The SOLASOLV brand of antiglare screens is now type approved by 4 of the world’s leading marine classification societies, LLOYDS of the UK, DNV-GL (Det Norske Veritas of Norway), ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) and RINA.
As well as RINA being on site twice during 2018 to carry out external audits, Solar Solve also underwent 14 successful Internal Audits plus an associated successful external audit by ABS-QE for the company’s ISO9001:2015 Quality Assurance Accreditation. ABS also carried out a Type Approval audit during 2018 and that too, was a success.
Company Chairman John Lightfoot, MBE, commented, “In the old days I used to dream of being the best and worked hard to create the SOLASOLV brand as No.1 in the marine industry. In my naivety I had assumed that afterwards I would be able to relax and bask in the glory, but of course life’s not that easy. Once you get there, you have to fight to stay there, because the only way you can move is down. Winning a fourth Type Approval for our SOLASOLV products is one way of keeping ahead and remaining on top.”
“The successes that this company regularly enjoys are down to the hard work, commitment and dedication of the fantastic team of people here at our headquarters in South Shields. They are SOLAR SOLVE MARINE and everything our World Class company stands for. Not only have we won this additional approval from RINA, we have never lost the No.1 position since we established it 30 years ago, an achievement we are all extremely proud of.”
A copy of the RINA Type Approval Certificate is displayed on the Solar Solve website and can be accessed from here. The certificate confirmation is displayed on the RINA website and can be accessed here.